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The "ea" Sound in "Leaf"

Welcome back to Read Not Guess. Today we’re going to work on the “ea” sound like in the words “eat” or “team.”


Both parent and child will need to be able to see the screen.


Let’s get started.


Today’s Letter Sounds


Explain to your child that the "ea” letter combination can make the long “eee” sound. Have them point to the letters as they read the word “eat:”


l ea f

leaf


Did they get it right? Make sure they’re reading it as one word (“leaf”) and not adding extra sounds (like “luh-eee-fuh”).


Let’s do some more:


ea t

eat


And:


m ea t

meat


And:


t ea m

t eam

team


And:


b ea ch

b each

beach


And:


wh ea t

wheat


And:


ch ea t

cheat


And:


f ea r

fear


Let’s finish with a couple harder ones:


st ea l

steal


And:


mis lead

mislead


And:


l ean ed

leaned


Did they remember the "-ed" rule? Words with a "d" or "t" make the full "ed" sound, but in words like "leaned" it's just adding a "d" at the end.


Silly Sentences


See if your child can read these:


Do you hear me? Is that clear?


A rich creamy milkshake is the best treat in the world.


Jane had eaten too much.


If they read them smoothly, great! If they stumble, have them keep practicing.


That’s it for today. We’ll see you next time.

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